Real World Speed
Performance profile from 545,337 user samples
24,398 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 1.5TB free
Poor: 65% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 31st / 1002
520,939 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 925GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 209GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 40th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.9 % +2% 87.8 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
155 MB/s 159 MB/s +3%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
158 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+7%
147 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.78 MB/s 0.91 MB/s Faster random read.
+17%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.72 MB/s Faster random write.
+21%
2.24 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
148 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+8%
137 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.35 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+21%
0.29 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
191 MB/s 198 MB/s +4%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
206 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+13%
182 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.03 MB/s 1.31 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+27%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.24 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+14%
2.83 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
191 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+14%
167 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.54 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+46%
0.37 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 8,760,799 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.45 % 11.1 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,367%
Value
Value For Money
46.9 % 59.5 % Better value.
+27%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
69 % 77 % Slightly more popular.
+12%
Price
Price (score)
$110 $42 Much cheaper.
+61%
Age
Newest
54 Months More recent.
+23%
70 Months
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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This is the current version (2013) of Western Digital's best performing, Black, consumer storage drive. A comparison between the 2013 and 2010 versions shows that core real world performance has improved by around 15%. The 38 month old 2010 FAEX Black is also slightly more expensive at the moment, probably because retailers are slowly running out of stock. With average sequential read/write speeds of 150 MB/s and read/write 4k speeds of 0.8/2.9 MB/s the 2013 2TB WD Black has a solid performance profile but it's slightly overpriced. There is better value available amongst other drives in the group test[Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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This is the latest version of Western Digital's mid-range Blue drive. At only one year of age this drive is relatively new and the performance figures reflect this. With maximum sequential speeds of 180 MB/s (both read and write) the Blue is amongst the faster drives currently available and in terms of real world performance it beats its predecessor the 2010 Blue (WD10EALS) by around 18%. The 2012 Blue has a single 1TB platter which combined with its 7200 rotation speed allow for above average performance across the board. In terms of value for money a larger capacity drive will nearly always be a better choice but within the 1TB category as a system drive, the 2012 Blue is a very reasonable, if not the best, option. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) April 2018 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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